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Scarf

French
Designed by Hermès (French, founded in 1837)


Dimensions

Length x width: 88.9 x 88.9 cm (35 x 35 in.)

Accession Number

2013.734

Medium or Technique

Silk

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Square baby blue border, 2 in. wide. Within the border, is a horse and horseback rider; both characters are the same bronze color. The bronze color of the horse and man could possibly be referring to commemorative sculptures or statues throughout history. Both the man and horse are adorned with heavily embellished garments. The horse is clothed with an intricately designed blanket, showcasing woven and braided techniques. The blanket also displays what appears to be a family crest with a crown above it, indicating that the rider may be of royal blood. The rider wears a coat (similar to the horse’s blanket), a pair of white gloves, and a hat with a single feather. It looks as though the rider may also be wearing a powdered wig. Surrounding this image, and along the inside of the border are illustrations of chains and ropes with tassels. The ropes intertwine with each other and drape from certain areas of the baby blue frame. Some of the ropes/chains are decorated with jewels. The colors seen in these images include muddy greens; gold, burnt yellows, greys, browns, and hints of baby blue and mauve. The background of the image is a cream-white color.

Provenance

Before 2011, acquired by Evelyn H. Lauder (b. 1936 - d. 2011); 2011, given by inheritance to her husband, Leonard A. Lauder, New York, NY; 2013, gift of Lauder to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

The Evelyn H. Lauder Fashion Collection—Gift of Leonard A. Lauder